The Decade features a very dark and oily wrapper Sumatran with only the smallest of veins. One of the finest looking wrappers you will find.
It is well packed and feels very evenly rolled. The draw is perfect after being cut. The slight box pressed shape is also attractive.
This cigar has a sweet cedary floral smell to it.
I am impressed by the Decade so far: good draw, good construction, good smell, and looks good too!
The first third features a sweet creamy cedar and floral flavor with a lasting spicy finish. It is medium bodied but packs a lot of good flavor, great tasting first third. The construction is good so far, even burn with a good draw and strong gray ash.
As the second third starts I am noticing that this is a slow burning cigar – that is a plus. This third has lots of rich, earthy cedar and coffee with a spicy pepper finish. Still medium bodied and the smoke is very buttery leading to a long lasting finish.
The final third of this stick has not been nearly as glamorous as the first two. The construction remained great, but the flavors… not very good nearing the end of the smoke. Lots of pepper and coffee with a bitter and spicy finish. I need to stress the bitter here, not enjoyable.
These samples were VERY good for the first two thirds. In the final third the cigar turned bitter and less enjoyable. I think this cigar would be much better in a smaller vitola. At over an hour and a half smoking time, it may have lasted too long for its own good. Regardless, it was a well constructed enjoyable cigar for the most part. I have read that the quality of this cigar ranges greatly from batch to batch. I cannot testify to that, I can only tell you about the cigars that I smoked. Pricey, but worth a try if you have not already.
Rating: Flavor and Taste: 17/20 Construction: 10/10 Wrapper: 5/5 Price Point: 7/10 Would I buy a Box: 3/5 Total: 42/50